♫Liner Notes♫ from Nick: After an epic double album to get us back into the swing of things we return with a live show that is chock full of talent. A great mixture of new and developing talent balanced with some long established artists. ¨We'll begin with Field Report, so sit back and relax, but only after youâve pumped up the volume!
"I Am Not Waiting Anymore"
Note: Previously associated with Bon Iver, Megafaun and others, Chris Porterfield moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin thinking his music career had ended. To the contrary, Porterfield has managed to successfully launch a self titled LP and will finish his schooling, quit his job and begin life as a professional musician this summer. Field Report (the album) was recorded in Justin Vernonâs studio and it was produced by Paul Koderie. Stereogum says: "No word yet on when 'Field Report' is out, but this is a promising start."
'The Looking Away'
Mom+Pop Music, 2012
Note: 'The Looking Away' is the sophomore album from Animal Kingdom and is their first release since 2009. This track has been described as using crashing cymbals and power beats to create 'dreamy pop' with an 'epic feel.' Whilst fully embracing the age of digital promotion and exploiting their internet presence through Amazon, iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube et al, the band also advocate buying the record from your local record store. KCRW says: "London's Animal Kingdom create dreamy pop with an epic feel thanks to crashing cymbals and power beats."
"Still Left With Me"
Captured Tracks, 2012
Note: A part of the a burgeoning genre known in the 'blogosphere' as bedroom pop - the 'dream pop' group has developed from a single song in 2009 to having released three EPs and an album in 2012. Ticket sales for their next show will provide support for NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth).
'From The Ground Up'
Blue Dirt, 2012
Note: Great blues track, reminiscent of some of the blues from the late 1990s. In the last three years this talented singer/songwriter - hailing Okemah, Oklahoma which also boasts Woody Guthrie as a hometown boy - has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Francasso, Joe Ely, Steve Poltz to name just a few. Along with Van Zandt, Newbury, Jimmy Webb and Randy Newman all these musicians have had an influence on 'From the Ground Up' contributing to a musical style that defies genre.
Stan Ridgway/A440 Records, 2012
Note: Every now and again we are lucky enough to play the music emanating from those with the stature of a Lenoard Cohen, Lisa Marie Presley or, as recently as last week, Soul Asylum. This week we are thrilled to 'spin' Stan Ridgwayâs latest cut - "Mr. Trouble". Originally of Wall of Voodoo fame, Ridgwayâs work since has reflected his talents as a storyteller, as well as a musician. Undoubtedly, Ridgway has earned his spot as one of America's leading neo-noir artists; Some even consider him the wild whiskey swilling Steinbeck for our the contemporary age! Mr. Trouble features Bill Blatt, Enrico Deiro, Bruce Zelesnik, Ralph Carney, Rick King and Pietra Wexstun to complement Stan.
"One More Time"
Note: Commissioned by Eric Hilton and handcrafted by Darryl 'D-Trane' Burke, The Archives were originally a cover band designed to introduce young club goers to reggae music. However, they were able to bring their considerable talent together to create original music and 'Archives' is their latest album. Our previous episode featured another track off the album: "Ghetto Gone Uptown".
'...And Four Riders Approached At Dawn' EP
Note: Inspired by The Doors, Muddy Waters, CCR, Howlin' Wolf, Tommy James & the Shondells and Waylon Jennings to name only a few, have led to a hard-hitting 4/4-timed musical expression from Gabriel Douglas, James Gould, Chris Holm, and Mark Larson. These guys will be tearing up the West and Midwest over the summer.
Liberation/Sub Pop, 2012
Note: Portland and Melbourne have long been the best of friends, each boasting the artistic cultures representative of their countries, and I am excited that we get to play Husky's "Tidal Wave" and promote the release of their album in the US. The Melbourne four-piece is comprised of Husky Gawenda, Gideon Preiss, Evan Tweedie and Luke Collins. They have recently performed with the likes of Devandra Banhart, Noah and the Whale, Kimbra and Gotye to name a few.
The Henry Clay People
'Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives'
Note: Signed to TBD Records who boast among their ranks the likes of Port OâBrien, Other Lives and Radiohead. Their latest effort, 'Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives', is hot off the presses being released on the 26th of July 2012. The Henry Clay People are a quartet from LA and feature brothers Joey and Andy Siara as the songwriting duo behind the band. "We wanted to finally make the record that our sixteen year old selves would have been excited about," says Joey. "Unfortunately the only way to do so was to live for the last 13 years and get some adult suffering under our belt. Now we can direct our misguided teenage angst at our failed 20's."
"Never Have to Fall In Love Again" (w/ Benji Hughes)
'I Can See The Future'
Yep Roc, 2012
Note: This is the 8th album from Mandell and features collaborative work with bands such as Lavender Diamond, Los Lobos and The Bird And The Bee. "Never Have to Fall In Love Again" is a duet with Benji Hughes and was inspired by the days of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra.
Future of the Left
"Failed Olympic Bid"
'The Plot Against Common Sense'
Xtra Mil, 2012
Note: Growing from a trio to a quartet as Julia Ruzicka from Million Dead joins Andy Falkous, Jack Egglestone and Kelson Mathias. 'The Plot Against Common Sense' is the title of their third studio album and their first since departing 4AD. Currently set to tour Europe this summer, the band has been fortified with the addition of Ruzicka and Xtra Mile Recordings has suggested that "whether [or not the band is] cutting you down with scarring remarks at a live show, or filling the studio with lung blood and instrument abuse, Future of the Left are vital, not to be missed or to be ignored."
Note: Liam Benzvi of Brooklyn and Francis Jimenez of Minneapolis are the duo that is Strange Names. Both graduates from the University of Minneapolis, the two gained some success in the UK before radio play in the US was a catalyst for hiring band members for live shows. Currently the duo are working with Chris Heidman to produce their next EP. This group have only played a handful of shows to date, in fact their debut show was in March 2012!
"Mazaar" (w/ AR Rahman)
Six Degrees, 2012
Note: Niyaz, meaning 'yearning' in Persian and Urdu, is a band from Iran that was formed in 2005 by vocalist Azam Ali; the group also features Grammy-nominated producer Carmen Rizzo. 'Sumud', the group's third album, is Arabic for 'steadfastness' and is devoted to themes and philosophies of peaceful resistance. Ali chose this title as a symbolic reminder that every human being should inherit the right to live with dignity and freedom upon the land on which they are born. Media Monarchy, Corbett Report, Tragedy and Hope all echo this sentiment.
The Young Evils
Note: "Teaming up with [Producer Shane] Stoneback on the Foreign Spells EP, The Young Evils discovered an evolved and potent new sound with this collection of songs. The alluring boy-girl harmonies remain but have taken a darker turn down pop's corridor, combining '60s doo-wop melodies with a bombastic rhythm section and noisy guitars."